Councilors respond to mayor’s marijuana legislation veto

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque City Councilors are responding to the mayor’s veto of the marijuana legislation they passed and they are considering overriding that veto.

Councilors voted to make possession of less than one ounce of pot a civil penalty and make prosecution of such crimes a low priority.

The council said on Tuesday that it was acting in the interest of voters. Two-thirds expressed support for decriminalization in the 2014 election.

Councilor Rey Garduno and Isaac Benton said they don’t have to wait for the feds or state to tell them what to do and they are proposing to use the tools already available to determine policy.

It’s unclear if they have enough votes to override the mayor’s veto. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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